March 30, 2008 in Publishing (F)
[prMac.com] Page, Arizona - XChange International, the source for extended technology worldwide, are pleased to announce the immediate availability of a bundle of six professional XTensions modules for QuarkXPress 7 in a limited time offer. The popular XTensions, from developer Badia Software, are provided as the Productivity Bundle, adding dozens of new time-saving features to QuarkXPress. The products are being offered for a limited time as a bundle for only £179.00/$356.00, affording users the opportunity to save almost 50% off the normal retail price of £321.00/$640.00. Instant electronic delivery is available for users internationally to be able to take advantage of the special savings. Products in the value-priced bundle include:
Badia BigPicture - provides a comprehensive solution for managing graphics and picture links in QuarkXPress. Users get instant access to detailed image information, customisable views, a unique search and relink engine, plus powerful tools for updating, revealing, opening, unlinking, renaming, replacing and moving multiple links. For each image in a document, BigPicture reports the name, page, full path, colour model (CMYK, RGB, etc.), format (TIFF, EPS, etc.), file size, image resolution (original and scaled), creator application, image compression, EPS fonts and colours, dimensions, date modified, print status, scaling, angle, colour profile, and link status.
Users also have the option of displaying the entire picture list using the thumbnail view, so they can quickly browse images visually. Several camera settings, such as shutter speed and focal length, are also reported when available. And for even more flexibility, users can sort the picture list by any column, select entries that match a specific attribute (for example, all RGB images), and control whether to include master page pictures and duplicate images. Renaming pictures is as easy as clicking on the picture name and typing the new name. BigPicture will rename the picture file in the Finder, update the QuarkXPress link, and change all the document occurrences of the same picture.
Badia Duplica - allows users to sample and apply text and item styles using multiple clipboards. Users can also copy text without style, and transform items using the built-in Clone tool. But Duplica extends this concept beyond text. Users can also sample the shape, frame and background colour of a box, and then paste those settings to a group of boxes with one mouse click. Even page and spread guides can be copied and pasted. With Duplica, users can copy and paste text without style or formatting information. Pasting unstyled text incorporates the style attributes of the insertion point. Duplica also allows users to paste any character or paragraph attribute to an entire text box or to multiple text boxes or also paste box attributes to multiple selected boxes and much more.
Badia Exportools - automates the process of saving and exporting the contents of individual pages into separate files using today's printing standards: EPS, PostScript(R) and PDF. Exportools also extracts all text, produces screenshots of each page for archiving or cataloguing, and exports an entire document for online publishing. What's more, Exportools can intelligently extract all the text and save it in any popular word-processing format, produce screenshots of each page for archiving or cataloguing, and even export an entire document for online publishing. Because Exportools creates dozens or even hundreds of files, it's essential that a proper file naming scheme is available to guarantee that each file has a different name, and that it can easily be recognised. That's why Exportools comes with a smart name composition engine that allows you to specify variable placeholders, such as page or serial numbers, that change automatically to uniquely name each exported file. By combining these variables with other placeholders or any custom text, users have virtually endless file naming possibilities.
Badia FullMeasure - is a powerful control palette that gives users instant access to more than 160 functions, attributes and tools right at their fingertips. The FullMeasure strip is organised into 12 panels that comprise text and paragraph formats, rule settings, picture information, item and frame settings, document preferences, table functions, guide management, item alignments, search tools and value conversions. New to FullMeasure for QuarkXPress 7 is the ability to search for item attributes, including box dimensions, background colour, shade and opacity, suppression status, offsets, text columns, frame style, picture format, resolution, colour model and status.
Badia LiveKeys Pro - gives users the freedom to make Quark shortcuts work the way they do. Users can assign keyboard equivalents to tools and special commands and menus they could only access with the mouse before. They can also change those already assigned to combinations that are easier to remember or that match other programs they use. All standard QuarkXPress menus and submenus are supported by LiveKeys, so users can customise virtually any of their menu item keystrokes, including those added by third-party XTensions and QuarkXTensions.
Hidden commands are those not displayed anywhere in QuarkXPress, such as 'increase leading' or 'scroll to start of document'. LiveKeys Pro lets users customise their shortcuts or just browse the list to remind them of the more obscure shortcuts. Although QuarkXPress allows users to assign shortcuts to style sheets one at a time, LiveKeys offers a more convenient and safer way to do so. Not only can users now see and change them all at once, but LiveKeys also checks for possible conflicts with menus or other shortcuts in real time. Users can define their favourite shortcuts once and save them as a custom shortcut set. LiveKeys Pro lets users maintain sets for different projects, distribute them within the workplace, or create sets that match other applications they commonly use. In addition, LiveKeys warns users about any possible conflicts with shortcuts already assigned to other commands and can automatically resolve them.
Badia Printools - provides a comprehensive package that includes: rename at print, batch printing, print to file, preflighting, custom page slugs, and state-of-the-art live previews. Users can combine these tools during the same print session to streamline complex printing tasks. With key features such as batch printing, renaming at the output stage without altering the actual document or file name, preflighting, and custom page slug creation, Printools is a comprehensive XTension that will change the printing process for users. It offers live previews that shows users in real time an exact representation of how the output will look as they change the print settings. And a Save As PostScript tool allows users to save the printout to a designated folder as a PostScript file.
The XTensions are available for the Macintosh platform and are Universal Binary.
The Productivity Bundle is available now through XChange International. Customers must enter Coupon Code XCLQ2WS08 when ordering to receive the special pricing. To order, or for more information, users can visit the XChange website, or call on +44(0)20 7490 4455 during UK business hours.
XChange are a leading supplier of desktop graphic and publishing applications, QuarkXTension(R) technology; Adobe InDesign(R), Acrobat(R) and Photoshop(R) Plug-ins(R) and other design and publishing utilities. XChange offer extended technology products from across the world specific to the graphic design, print and publishing industries and make them available to an extensive user base via their printed catalogue or online at their web site. The company are headquartered in Central London and also offer specialist training on many of the solutions they sell.